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I was reading this website ( https://pinyin.sogou.com/zimeiti/article/1255 ) to understand colloquial Beijing Mandarin and came across this pronunciation for 驾驶证

驾驶证 > "酱汁儿", i.e Jiàshǐ zhèng > jiàng zhī er

How should I understand these changes?

Is it something like 驾驶证儿, with shi disappearing in the middle (jia > jiang, shi> 0, zhengr > zhir), or is it 驾驶证 with shi becoming zhi and zheng becoming r (jia > jiang, shi> zhi, zheng > r)? I know ch, sh, and zh become r a lot but I also know whole syllables can disappear.

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Your 1st interpretation is correct. In a three-character word the middle character tends to be ommitted.

驾驶证     jia shi zheng ->
驾驶证儿   jia shi zh-r  ->
驾儿证儿   jia r zh-r    ->
驾(儿)证儿 jia-r zh-r    ->
酱汁儿     jiang zh-r

This is the same for 派出所 becoming 派儿所 (盼儿锁 in the article).

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The article is exaggerating the sound change for humorous effect.

  • 驾驶 would easily get elided into something like jiàr in fast speech, but it would never become nasalized to jiàng.
  • 证 would indeed become zhèngr (which is pronounced like a nasalized zhèr) due to 儿化音, but it would never undergo the tone and vowel change to become zhīr.

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